Madrid Historic Sites

Historic Sites in Madrid, Spain

Madrid Historic Sites

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  • LDSChicago
    Chicago106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our family of 4 (with 2 teens) really enjoyed our visit. We bought tickets on-line a few days in advance, so we got to skip the line entirely. We did not use an audio-guide or a private tour. We just walked through the rooms on our own. We really enjoyed it that way. So many incredible things to see.
    Written June 12, 2024
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  • Hermie
    Edmond, OK1,763 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We met with friends here on Wednesday. May 23rd. This is a nice meeting place. They have a restaurant and café in the area.
    Though it gets really busy here.
    It's a great place to add to your list of places to check out while in Madrid, Spain.
    Written May 28, 2024
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  • Brian R
    Vienna, VA661 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautifully decorated mansion well worth visiting. Much less crowded than most attractions, and not far off the beaten path.
    Written April 23, 2024
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  • SOPHIE
    England, UK84 contributions
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    We did a self-guided visit with audioguide which was essential for a great experience. The audioguide provided in-depth knowledge of the history and the rules of bullfighting. There is also a shop near the exit and all proceeds go to the maintenance of the stadium. Although I am still "anti-bullfighting", I am very glad that I got to experience this stadium and gain in-depth knowledge of the history and the rules of bullfighting.
    Written May 23, 2024
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  • Beatriz M
    Düsseldorf, Germany5,676 contributions
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    A nice park! We took a metro there, there is a station called Casa de Campo. It is very big, there is a lot to see. We liked taking pictures with yellow flowers, we found a viewing point, for this we had to hike a little bit up, you have a nice view of the city from far. Going down was a bit tricky but we were brave. And in the end we even found a nice lake (not for swimming, just for the view) with some ice cream places and restaurants. It was a good day! It is not a must when you are in Madrid as it does not offer any unique photo experience however you can go there!
    Written April 28, 2021
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  • jeff1955malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia6,137 contributions
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    At the plaza de la villa you will find old historical buildings. It brings you back to medieval times. There is also a Tower of Lujanes.
    Written July 11, 2023
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK831,000 contributions
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    Plaza Mayor is without a shadow of a doubt the most beautiful plaza in Madrid, the standout building for me on this most beautiful of square's is Casa De La Panaderia .
    Casa De La Panaderia ( Bakery House ) occupies the northern side of the plaza ,constructed in 1619 from designs from architect Jaun Gomez De Mora ,this original building was destroyed in a devastating fire in 1672 but was rebuilt within 17 months by architect Tomas Roman ,its a visually stunning looking building, very photogenic and a building that adds to the joy of visiting Plaza Mayor.
    Written October 25, 2023
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  • ANGELO V
    Milan, Italy4,262 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The church of Los Jerónimos was built during the early 16th-century and it has undergone numerous remodelings and restorations over the centuries.
    The exterior was remodeled in the 19th century in a neo-Gothic style.

    It is close to the Prado museum, and the interior is quite beautiful, especially the side altars.
    Written June 21, 2023
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  • flyjournal
    na49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yes, you do need to check online whether the palace is open the day before you go. You can go to Patriminonial Nacional website which is the gatekeeper of all the royal palaces in Spain, look under "Buy Tickets" and look closely at the calendar shown and see the color legend to check whether is palace is open or closed. In fact, one week before my due date to visit, it stated open but subsequently changed to closed two days before my visit so I had to change plans and visit it another day. Head to Moncloa Bus & Metro Station from where your journey begins. Ignore all other information online that says that you have to exit the station & head above ground to the bus station. This is wrong information & not updated. The Moncloa Bus Station is UNDERGROUND. Once you exit the metro ticket gates, you go one level up the escalator & you will see passengers waiting at bus bays platforms marked in numbers. There are 2 sections to this UNDERGROUND Moncloa Bus Station on the SAME LEVEL. Which means that the bus bays where you wait for your designated buses is divided into 2 sections that CANNOT be accessed via the same floor. You have to descend one level down back to where the metro concourse (the area before you insert the ticket to get into metro station) is in order to get to the other bus bay. So use the OTHER escalator if you came down from the first escalator where you cannot find your bus platform. Bus no 601 to the palace departs from Bus Bay Platform No 30. It is easy to know which stop to get off as Bus no 601 has a real time electronic signboard on board the bus that shows approaching stops. Use Google Map to identify which stop you need to alight eg. if you stay at Hotel ABC enter this hotel as your origin on Google Map Madrid & in your destination enter El Pardo, click on the metro/bus icon, you will see the bus no 601 appear, further click & drill down thru the entire bus no 601 route to see all the stops. If I remembered correctly, its the 2nd last bus stop. As you get off the bus, walk behind the bus & you will see the palace to your left, its just about 2 minutes walk away from the bus stop. You can buy the tickets at the palace due to the high unpredictability of when the palace may close at very short notice. Apart from using it to house foreign dignitaries, it is also used for national award ceremonies as I was informed by my guide. I was very fortunate to have an English guide all to myself for the 10.45 am tour. Yes, solo tourist to 1 guide, Never has this happened before, So I took advantage of this opportunity to bombard her with questions, ugh, I think she was drinking lots of mineral water from her bottle as we proceeded through our tour as I kept asking questions. The tapestries that you see in this palace were first painted by Goya for the sole purpose of turning it into tapestries, the painting is handed over to the tapestry craftsmen who then copied every little detail hand sewn & loomed into the fabric. The tapestries are a legacy & continues to exist today as a working craft shop known as the Royal Tapestry Factory (Real Fabrica de Tapices) which is near Atocha station. You can visit this factory & it will be mentioned by your guide. I had a good laugh when the English guide mentioned a faux pas that was averted in the nick of time concerning a foreign royal couple who were staying there in the past. Lots of stories here about who stayed here. This palace was also the home & working office of the dictator Franco. The reason why this place was chosen as a place to stay for foreign dignitaries is because the roads leading to it can be easily monitored & managed for safety reasons. Its a narrow stretch of road, easy to spot intruders. Hence, Franco chose this place. Enjoy your visit, this place is an eye opener!
    Written March 4, 2018
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  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia48,982 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iglesia de San Anton must be unique. It must be the only place on earth which does what it preaches. It is not huge or fancy. However the things the people in this church do are just amazing. They actually go out of their way to help those who are unfortunate and homeless. They provide a roof over their head and food to eat. The church building is a refuge for all those who need it. There are even television screens for people to watch, like the football world Cup! The church keeps the bones of Saint Valentine, the third-century Italian bishop considered the father of romance and love. This church deserves a visit and much more from those who can afford it.
    Written June 26, 2019
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  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia55,394 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Casa de la Villa served as city hall from the 17th to the 21st century.

    It lis located at the Plaza de la Villa, near the Calle Mayor.

    Despite being a city hall, the building was also intended to be used as municipal prison and works were completed in 1692.

    As the municipal premises moved around 2011, the Casa de la Villa was left with little use and currently serves as offices and official receptions.

    It is a historic-artistic monument and a quite beautiful building.
    Written February 21, 2024
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  • Pascal P
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit when in the area.

    If you have the chance to dine in this fine establishment, don''=t miss the Russian Salad - it is out of this world and quite frankly, very tasty, not bitter bitter all...

    A connoisseur!
    Written June 29, 2022
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  • Tom W
    Bordeaux, France24 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful art and a beautiful palace. But the guided tour is an in-your-face exultation of a family (the Dukes of Alba)) with a distinctly dark past — slave trade, brutal suppression of Dutch protestants, etc. etc. Gobelin tapestries are racist depictions of the time’s conception of the New World (complete with rhinos and elephants — in America)? As a result, gorgeous art is diminished by a tone-deaf tour script that sounds more like something out of the 17th century than this one. A bit of a self-own. Hat-trick is the photo with the Shah of Iran. As a result, a visit falls from a must-do to a, yeah, ok, if there’s time…..
    Written April 21, 2024
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  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, AR5,034 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plaza de la Armeria is the plaza between the Royal Palace of Madrid and the Catedral de Santa Maria La Real de la Almudena. On the western side of the plaza you have some good views of the river and park area with the mountains in the distance on the horizon.
    Written November 29, 2023
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  • FayeInAmsterdam
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,361 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This area has so many food and drinks places. Doesn’t matter how you walk in this neighbourhood, we always find a great place to have something to eat. At one corner in this street is this cute typical Madrid café for breakfast.
    Written February 10, 2018
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